Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 28, 2015
Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. Proverbs 5:5
Adultery is deadly. It kills relationships and destroys reputations. Children of a parent caught in adultery become confused, dismayed, and angry. A child is innocent of a parent’s infidelity but still suffers the consequences of ongoing conflict, pain, and resentment. Without trust in the Lord and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit’s healing and forgiveness, suffering children are set on a similar path of destruction.
Indeed, the ripple effect of adultery’s actions can be felt for generations; so run from this raw deal. It is not worth breaking the heart of God and those who love you the most. Do not allow instant gratification to numb you from the devastating effect of selfish whims. What is done in the darkness will come to light, and it is detrimental. Like the insidious work of termites, integrity’s foundation begins to crumble.
“He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts” (1 Corinthians 4:5). Therefore, stay faithful to your bride or groom, and you will reap the rewards of relational life and respect from your children.
How can you be on guard against adultery’s allurement? One way is to avoid websites that offer virtual temptation. We mock God when we pray, “Lead me not into temptation” (Matthew 6:13) and then expose ourselves to escapades that lead to adultery. So ask for accountability, and install software that blocks bad sites. Secondly, save emotional intimacy and time alone for your spouse only. Heart connection needs only to occur between a husband and wife. Friendly flirtation is the first step into adultery’s intoxicating control; so inoculate your life from adultery’s infection with a healthy marriage.
Husbands and wives who have emotional and physical fulfillment at home are not easily led astray. Moreover, make loving the Lord and obeying His commands your compelling commitment. God’s discipline is sure for those who select the sinful action of adultery. Yes, He forgives, but He also disciplines those whom He loves. Therefore, remain on the high road of faith and fidelity. Avoid the death of adultery with a life-giving marriage.
“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4).
Prayer: Whom can I ask for accountability, specifically regarding wisdom with my time and freedom?
Related Readings: Genesis 39:7–9; Judges 16:5–15; Matthew 5:27–30; 1 Timothy 1:9–11
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